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  • Downtime and SSL
    Once the starboard nacelle is fixed I'll get right on that.
  • Downtime and SSL
    At least it gives the general impression I know what I'm doing. :D
  • Quarterly Fundraiser
    Thanks for the heads-up. Chrome only just recently started showing the warnings. It's all secure now.

    And thanks for the donation. :)
  • The Shoutbox
    Interesting that as your 600 year old self you naturally assume the role of lord, rather than serf.
  • Corporate Democracy
    I'm just saying that a baker ought to be able to refuse to bake a cake he finds offensive, but ought not to be able to refuse to serve someone just because they're gay (or whatever). The latter is already clear in law, but the former is beginning to take its place in the legal definition of discrimination.

    Some gay people are against gay marriage, and feel strongly about it. Imagine a gay baker being compelled to bake a cake that promotes gay marriage.
  • The Shoutbox
    Fish taco jazz mountain sounds good.Baden

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  • The Shoutbox
    I suppose @Arkady is indirectly referring to this kind of fish taco. But no, that's not what I meant; there are lots of those in the Netherlands.
  • The Shoutbox
    To me, it demonstrates a distinct lack of character to fail to appreciate fish tacos, jazz, and mountains, at least two of which are very hard to find in the Netherlands.
  • The Shoutbox
    Or lack thereof.Baden

    Are there countries one can fail to appreciate without thereby demonstrating a lack of character?
  • What Colour Are The Strawberries? (The Problem Of Perception)
    Doesn't the distinction between spectral colour and perceptual colour resolve your dispute?
  • Corporate Democracy
    protection against individuals and businesses that wanted to deny homosexuals certain services. For example, if a baker didn't want to bake a wedding cake with two grooms on it, then the law would protect their right from a lawsuit or other sanction for that discrimination.Hanover

    I've made the following point before, a point that seems to be mostly ignored. A baker declining to bake a cake representing something he disagrees with is not an example of "wanting to deny homosexuals certain services", if by that you mean a denial of service because they are homosexual. That is, it is not in itself an example of discrimination against the customer on the basis of sexuality. Many such bakers would most likely bake non-gay cakes for people whom they knew to be gay, and if so they are not guilty of discriminating against gay people.

    Edit: just realized this is an old thread in which I already made the point :D
  • The Shoutbox
    Also, if your idea of free speech is insulting people you're simply being uncivilised. Free speech is about being able to speak truth to power not to degenerate women or Muslims.Benkei

    How bizarre. Who decides if the criticism of the treatment of women in strictly devout Muslim families or communities is speaking truth to power (patriarchal power), or "punching down" on Muslims? The point is that we come up with better decisions when all opinions are out in the open, and nobody is in the privileged position of being the arbiter of what is proper to say. Free speech is about allowing people to say things you don't agree with or that you find offensive.

    You think insulting people ought to be outlawed? And do you think the re-emergence of restrictions on blasphemy--particularly regarding Islam--is a good thing?
  • The Shoutbox
    But in fairness, it's fairly pointless comparing countries like the US and Holland. It's a matter of taste in the end. (And I'll have an orange).Baden
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  • What Colour Are The Strawberries? (The Problem Of Perception)
    if you reach Hanover's conclusion, then you've gone wrong somewhere along the line.Sapientia

    General guidance?
  • The Shoutbox
    I have heard your confession Mongrel and you will be absolved of your sins by sharing three aspects of Hanover that you find positive.ArguingWAristotleTiff

    This could be fruitful. What about a "What do you like about Hanover" discussion?
  • OIL: The End Will Be Sooner Than You Think
    The study concludes that "careful siting of new reservoirs" is required. Kate Horner, on the other hand, is an anti-dam activist.
  • The Shoutbox
    Yep. I think we'd be crazy to ditch Plush, for those reasons and others.
  • The Shoutbox
    Yeh I get it: it would be a good web dev project for sure.
  • The Shoutbox
    There's plenty of free open-source forum software around, some of it very cool, developed by teams of top-class developers and designers. We could customize it as much as we wanted, we would host and maintain it, and the content would be stored on our servers too. So I don't see the appeal in creating your own.

    Even without developing from scratch, it's a lot of work.